A Little Surprise

I had a good Father’s Day.

It was a good day.
Relaxing, in fact.
Just what I needed.

After a nice morning at church, we came home and took a family nap — you know, one of those two hour blissful stretches of time where the entire house is completely quiet and completely asleep. It was great.

We then took the inflatable pool out back and set up the girls’ water table so they could play outside for a little bit. Twenty minutes turned into forty and our plans got a tad derailed.

We were going to grill out but because of the time-crunch we decided to hit up The Varsity (an Atlanta staple, but newly opened a ‘sister location’ on our side of town). Chili Dogs FTW! Later on, after putting the girls down for bed, my wife and I enjoyed some floats while we watched LOST on DVD. A perfect ending.

Proud Papa!

I normally don’t write up “recaps”, but this one was just too good to pass up.

I was reminded about how blessed I was — even though there I have tough times and difficult moments.

I tend to think they are mutually exclusive.

God is still teaching me things. A lot of things, in fact.

My mind processes things in a very practical fashion. 1+2=3. You know how it works: the problem arises, we work through it, then the solution happens. Wash, rinse, repeat. I don’t typically interject things in the middle, while processing, you know?

Last night I was reminded that our Father is in the business of transformation. That transformation does not always have to follow a set list of commands. Thinking logically, I assume there is a cause and effect to everything. In a simple way, God reminded me that He doesn’t follow a certain set of protocols. One thing doesn’t have to happen for Him to ‘do His work’.

Even in my trying times, He can surprise me with a blessing.

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What did you do this past weekend?
When was the last time God surprised you?

 

 

44 Comments

  • Arny

    June 20, 2011

    Your Father’s day looked a lot like mine. Except for the pool part. lol

    btw: I love those sunday naps!!!!

    God has really suprised me lately in that despite my rebellious (hidden nature) and in calling him a liar (for not trusting he is my sole provider)…He still loves me and visits me and embraces me….it’s hard…really hard…but I know he is still working hard in me…

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    • Dustin

      June 20, 2011

      sweet, thanks for sharing Arny. And, naps are awesome!

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  • Moe

    June 20, 2011

    Man, I remember having one of those, but these kids have so much energy that they don’t take naps anymore. Ridiculous!

    I did get to relax a bit and spend time with family. The kids got me a new Kindle (where do they get this money?) and my wife made a great dinner. I did close the day with a “valencia”.

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  • Jon

    June 20, 2011

    Looks like you had an awesome day..nice!

    -I had went out for a birthday dinner with my friends.
    -On Fathers Day, went out to eat for my dad, and we also celebrated my older sister’s birthday, which is today. May and June are the birthday months in my fam…so there’s a whole lot of celebrations.

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    • Dustin

      June 20, 2011

      May is like that in our family. So many birthdays!! :)

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  • Jason Vana

    June 20, 2011

    Glad you had a great Father’s Day Dustin!

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  • Michelle

    June 20, 2011

    My youngest who will be 5 in August is the only one who will take a nap…and that is after fighting it for hours. So we don’t have nap time in our house :( Enjoy it while it lasts…we do however throw on a movie and the adults fall asleep. LOL. It seems to work as long as one of us wakes up when its over. The older girls are ok, but our 5 year old tends to get into food or run outside when we aren’t looking. boys. Anyway, glad you enjoyed your day. Thanks for being a Dad who longs after Gods own heart. We need more of you.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Yeah that’s funny… lately our oldest will get into the fridge when we’re not looking and dig into the yogurt. It can get messy. :) And thanks for the kind words, Michelle!

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  • Cindy Holman

    June 20, 2011

    Greg and I led worship at our church yesterday and our daughter spent the morning with us and we took Greg to one of his favorite places for Indian Food – Yum! Then Greg and I did a marathon of “The Pacific” – really good mini series. God surprises me all the time – He is never late but rarely early on things that I think should go differently – but I am always amazed and grateful at how He never botches up what I know I would have.

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    • Keri @ Pop Parables

      June 20, 2011

      Mike and I want to do a Pacific marathon! Sounds like a nice day, Cindy. :)

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      • Cindy Holman

        June 20, 2011

        It’s really good – not as good as “Band of Brothers” but what is?

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        • Dustin

          June 21, 2011

          Not sure if anything will be able to beat BoB….. loved that miniseries.

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  • Keri @ Pop Parables

    June 20, 2011

    God has surprised me when He’s given me a direct and rapid response to a prayer. I know that shouldn’t be surprising, but it is-pleasantly surprising, of course. Actually happened just yesterday. :)

    We had an awesome time celebrating a new baby of some good friends of ours on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, we went to Mike’s Grandpa’s for Father’s Day. We have the only 3rd generation Welch’s in a HUGE family, so it’s brought about a special bond between my boys and Great Grandpa. Oh, and the food was amazing. Uncle Joe cooked up some eggs benedict. It was so awesome, I was thinking to myself, “How can I write a post about eggs benedict?” Happy belated Father’s Day, Dustin. :)

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Ahh, eggs benedict are my wife’s favorite. And by favorite, I mean she asked her dad to make it every time we are over there. Every time! I love hearing about generations getting together – we have a family reunion on Jen’s side in Texas in July and I’m looking forward to just that.

      We have a couple pictures with… Sophia, Jen, my mom, my grandma, and my great-grandma. Five generations! Special.

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  • Joseph

    June 20, 2011

    Lets see. I played softball Friday night until 11 pm. Saturday I got the oil changed in my car and played softball that night until 4 am. I got up for church at 8 am. Taught small group at 9. After church I played golf with a good friend. And Sunday night we went to my wife’s parents and grilled out. A lot of sports mixed in to this weekend.

    Your weekend sound pretty good. Can’t wait to have weekend with my little man when he gets here! :)

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Dude, you’re a machine. Softball until 4 AM…. I’m actually kind of jealous. :)

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  • seekingpastor

    June 20, 2011

    I finished up vacation week by returning from a week in Virginia, going to the movies (Green Lantern–a little disappointing), and camping out on Sat. Night. A good weekend.

    God surprised me by really rejuvenating my soul over this past week. Was praying for it, but surprised by how it happened.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      You’re not the first person to say that the Green Lantern was disappointing… :(

      Glad that you were able to be rejuvenated this past week. We missed seeing ya around.

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  • Ben

    June 20, 2011

    I ended up recovering from some nasty bug that wasn’t strep, but felt like it. Saturday was spent just lounging, until the afternoon when we celebrated Kissy’s birthday by letting her take a bunch of friends mini-golfing, which got rained out so they did a movie instead.

    Sunday Kim decided to catch what I had, so the weekend was spend doing a lot of chillaxing, which is always full of win.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Always full of win. Hope you’re feeling better (and Kim) my friend.

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    June 20, 2011

    “One thing doesn’t have to happen for Him to ‘do His work’.”

    A-freaking-men, Dustin!

    That was a perfect way to end your post. If any of us waited until we were at some ‘acceptable point’, according to our own judgments, before we would believe that God our Father could use us…shooooot, ain’t a one of us would get anything done!

    As sons, our Father has indeed given us the freedom to fail AND unless He specifically says otherwise, we also have the constant “green flag” of approval and permission to act.

    He’s pretty awesome like that.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Thanks Donald. That begs the question…. why don’t we feel we have that green flag? Fear? Insecurity? Choosing to not embrace our true identity as sons and daughters of God? Thanks for the thoughts, friend.

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  • Melissa Brotherton

    June 20, 2011

    Let’s see…this weekend I became had my licensing interview and officially became a licensed pastor (yay!!) and then we had a moving sale (because pastor’s don’t make any money). On Sunday we made carne asada with our neighbors and my husband walked around a car show with our older three kids. It was a great weekend!

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Oooo, carne asada. That, in and of itself, makes any weekend a good one. :)

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      June 21, 2011

      A licensing interview? A licensed pastor?

      Is there a test to fulfill Ephesians 4:11? I thought pastor was a verb. Interesting.

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  • Rob Shepherd

    June 20, 2011

    Love the Varsity. Weekend was great. I got to go to a high school graduation to celebrate the guys in my Student Group, hang out with my twins as my wife went to a wedding shower, and celebrate my best friends birthday. I also was blessed to be a part of all five of our services at my church. Great weekend.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Awesome. Full weekend but sounds like you made the most of it. Favorite Varsity thing to order?

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  • Jim F

    June 21, 2011

    Love the blessings of life – never stop recognizing them – believe me when I say that too soon those little girls will be teenagers and you will wonder where the time went.

    Sounded like a great day and I too had a great day with my family.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Thanks Jim. I know…. got to make sure I’m capturing every single moment.

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  • Tony Alicea

    June 21, 2011

    I went to a BBQ and celebrated father’s day with the family.

    God surprised me today by not just opening a door but flinging it open! I may be looking at a career change in a few short months! Boy do I need it!

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      WOW. How cool is that! Can’t wait to hear about it.

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      June 21, 2011

      YES! Good news, Tony! So awesome to see you excited and embracing this possible career change! No sense in being a wussy about it…!

      Seize it! Take it! Make it yours! Woo-hoo!

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  • Luther

    June 21, 2011

    We worshipped, we swam, and we feasted on grilled pork chops, baked beans, and hotdogs.

    God always surprises me. No matter how long I journey with Him it amazes me that the Creator of the Universe could love and save a wretch like me.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Me too, luther. It’s amazing and humbling.

      (a grilled pork chop feast sounds delish)

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  • Loren Pinilis

    June 21, 2011

    Dustin – so excited to have just found your blog!
    We often don’t take the time to appreciate the little things in our lives. Glad everyone had a great father’s day.
    I’m encouraged by your reminder that God works in a multitude of ways. I know that as soon as I start to put God in a box, that’s when he’s getting ready to surprise me.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      thanks, Loren! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. i want to appreciate the little things for sure- so often they are perfect reminders of His goodness.

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  • Adam

    June 21, 2011

    Im a little late to game. Fathers day was kinda chill. I taught the 4 yr olds a church in the morning.. and then we chilled at the inlaws and their pool for the afternoon it was a good afternoon/evening.

    But I got to just relax and just be be thankful for the amazing family the God has given me.

    oh and i ate way to much food. I think 3 pieces of cheesecake and 3 s’mores might have been a bit much.

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    • Dustin

      June 21, 2011

      Bit much? Nah!

      1st Father’s day with Angela. YES!

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  • jenn

    June 21, 2011

    I’m glad you had a good Father’s Day.

    I miss Sunday naps. Shiloh gave up naps at 2 years old. :(

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